ATV Ride to Fight Cancer returns to Havelock July 16

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HAVELOCK — The third annual ATV Ride to Fight Cancer, hosted by the Peterborough County Trails ATV Club, will return to Havelock on July 16.

ATV and side-by-side riders are invited to hit the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance Rail Trail loop as part of the fundraiser. The ride will be followed by a barbecue, door prizes, raffle and silent auction — all in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. The money will go toward prostate cancer research.

The ride will begin at 9 a.m. at the County Road 50 parking lot, located three kilometres east of Havelock off of Highway 7.

So far, 300 riders have signed up for the fundraiser.

The ride started in 2019. Since then, it’s grown thanks to the support of community members and local businesses.

“It’s bigger and better than ever,” said Peterborough County Trails ATV Club member Yvonne Prouty, who’s organizing the ride alongside her fiancée Orllyn Loney.

The club has already raised $8,000 — surpassing its original fundraising target of $6,000 — and expects to bring in more funds through the raffle and silent auction.

A $20 entrance fee must be paid prior to July 5. It includes one sausage or burger, a drink and a door prize ticket for a chance to win a free year-long ATV pass for the EOTA Rail Trail.

The silent auction, set to take place at 3 p.m. along with the raffle and door prize giveaway, features more than $4,000 in items donated by local businesses, including Toronto Raptors tickets, Toronto Rock tickets, bed and breakfast stays, new tools, a fishing expedition, brand new tires and gift baskets.

“Lots of local businesses have given something, and businesses as far as Kingston are donating as well,” she said.

Due to COVID-19, the ATV Ride to Fight Cancer was cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

Prouty said riders and community members are eager to participate this year.

“We’re actually finding we’ve had more success this year because people have been so cooped up and they’re very excited to get out and meet new people and raise money for a great cause,” Prouty said.

The club decided to begin raising money for cancer research back in 2019 because every member had been impacted by the disease in some way, Prouty said.

“It’s gone so well this year that next year we will choose another type of cancer and donate to that as we move forward,” she said.

Participants can register by calling 289-996-2307.

Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at bburke@metroland.com.

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner

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